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Hark! the herald angels sing, 
"Glory to the new born King, 
peace on earth, and mercy mild, 
God and sinners reconciled!" 
Joyful, all ye nations rise, 
join the triumph of the skies; 
with th' angelic host proclaim, 
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!" 
Hark! the herald angels sing, 
"Glory to the new born King!" 

Christ, by highest heaven adored; 
Christ, the everlasting Lord; 
late in time behold him come, 
offspring of a virgin's womb. 
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; 
hail th' incarnate Deity, 
pleased with us in flesh to dwell, 
Jesus, our Emmanuel. 
Hark! the herald angels sing, 
"Glory to the new born King!" 
Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! 
Hail the Sun of Righteousness! 
Light and life to all he brings, 
risen with healing in his wings. 
Mild he lays his glory by, 
born that we no more may die, 
born to raise us from the earth, 
born to give us second birth. 
Hark! the herald angels sing, 
"Glory to the new born King!"

"Hark the Herald Angels Sing" was a carol written by Charles Wesley, born DECEMBER 18, 1707, at Epworth, 
England.

The 18th child of Rev. Samuel and Susanna Wesley, he excelled in school and came to the attention of Garret 
Wesley, or Wellesley, a wealthy Member of the British Parliament.



Having no child, he offered to adopt Charles, making him heir to his large fortune in Daugan, Ireland, but 
Charles declined. 

After graduating from Oxford, Charles sailed to the Colony of Georgia with his brother, John, who was to be 
the colony's Anglican minister. 



Charles was secretary to the colony's founder, General James Oglethorpe, a soldier who had previously fought the Muslims that invaded Serbia. 

The John and Charles Wesley's desire to minister to the Indians never materialize, so they returned to England.



A Moravian missionary, Peter Boehler, awaiting a ship to sail for Georgia, shared with the Wesleys regarding the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which resulted in their "Aldersgate experience" in May of 1738.

John Wesley wrote: "I felt my heart strangely warmed" and began to preach that God's grace was "free for all."



The Wesleys influenced George Whitefield whose preaching spread the Great Awakening
 Revival through the American colonies.

John Wesley founded the Methodist movement and Charles Wesley wrote over 6,000 hymns. 

In 1753, around the time 21-year-old George Washington was fighting in the French and
 Indian War, Charles Wesley penned a Christmas carol, put the music of 
Lutheran composer Felix Mendelssohn, grandson of the notable Jewish philosopher,
Moses Mendelssohn.